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The Multitasking Virus and the End of Learning? Part 1

Josh Waitzkin’s learning abilities—and principles—extend far beyond chess. Some of you might be familiar with Josh Waitzkin.

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Will high inflation persist?

By Philip BrewerEvery financial calculation that you make is influenced by your expectations for future inflation:  how much to borrow, where to put your savings, and whether your last raise was a reason to celebrate or to start looking for a better job.  Even small decisions, like whether to buy a couple extra cans of tomato paste, are affected.  No dollar amount or interest rate is good or ba

Review: Leave the Office Earlier

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. Several weeks ago, I reviewed Laura Stack’s Find More Time - and loved it. It was an excellent collection of specific tactics to apply towards maximizing time in your personal life and I have actually applied a few of the lessons successfully in my own life.

In Praise of the Lifestyle Business

I’ve received a lot of requests lately to focus more on the money-making aspects of personal finance. “There’s plenty of information out there about how to save money,” people tell me. “Can you tell us how to make money?” This is a worthwhile goal, and so I intend to cover entrepreneurship and income-boosting a little more often. Entrepreneurship: A primer

A year ago on Unclutterer

Fewer clothes can reduce laundry messAvoid having a constant laundry mess by having fewer clothes in your closet. Keeping your purse clutter freeKeeping a list of items that can be in a purse will help to keep it clean. Unitasker Wednesday: Cereal dispenser“I really want cereal, but I only have one hand!”

Do I Need Long Term Disability Insurance?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been carefully considering the above question. I’m twenty nine years old, in good health, with a wife and two young children at home. I don’t commute for work, either, vastly reducing my chance of a disabling accident. In other words, my chance for long-term disability is pretty small.

The Productivity FriendFeed Room

With the launch of FriendFeed’s new rooms section, I’ve created a productivity room titled “All Things Productivity“. Please feel free to join and share articles and comments that can help the general public with productivity. It should be a fun time! Now everyone go outside and enjoy the long weekend ;) ShareThis

10 Tips to Stay Motivated, Sane and Productive

Maintaining enthusiasm, productivity levels, a sense of humor and general sanity can sometimes be a challenge for career freelancers! Here are ten lessons that every successful freelancer has learned: lessons that will help keep you on the right track in the world of going it alone. Have you learned these lessons yet? If you haven’t, start today!

Unsolicited Phone Calls: How You Could Unwittingly Change the World

By Linsey KnerlAmidst a crying baby, a noisy dryer, and the steam from my tea kettle, I barely made out the sound of my ringing cordless phone. The caller ID flashed “unknown caller – unknown number.” I should have let it be.

Relax And Conquer

By Julie RainsA recruiter friend once told me that a good manager is one who gets things done and honors appointments or at least calls and reschedules, but a true executive makes time for priorities even in the midst of crisis. At the time, we were trying to figure out how to accommodate a mutual client, who was dealing with too many urgent items.

This Saturday: a happiness quotation from Laura Ingalls Wilder.

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?” “They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”

paper train stations to ramp up the fun on the lillabo train set

alicia created paper train stations to add to her kid's lillabo train set. hubby whipped up a digital drawing of the stations and passengers, which her boy then coloured. alicia is sharing her pdf with us. just look for the link at the end of this post to print your set of paper train stations.see more of the crumley's paper trains or download the pdf here.

On Saving to Splurge

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a long conversation with a reader I’ll call Jenny. Jenny has one big thing she loves to splurge on in her life - she likes to take long weekend trips about once every three months, leaving on a Thursday night and getting back late on Monday. Those are her “vacations,” and she goes all over the place on them.

A little Unclutterer love for The New York Times

On Thursday, Unclutterer was mentioned in The New York Times article “Organize Your Life, It’s Your Civic Duty.” The article follows reporter Michelle Slatalla for a day as she waits to be called for jury duty. She decides to spend her time learning as much as she can from personal productivity websites: